Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pilot whales, sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins, and common dolphins

Watching some of the many pilot whales we saw today

Pilot whale calf

Pod of sperm whale seen during our morning tour

Today was a great day for seeing pilot whales. Especially during the afternoon when we came across three large seperate groups of pilot whales. Each group consisted of at least 15 individuals, including several females with young calves and some very large males. All our passengers also saw our resident bottlenose dolphins today, and during our morning tour we also encountered common dolphins and sperm whales. We counted at least 5 adult sperm whales all socialising and travelling together with a smaller calf. We were particularly lucky with our sightings today because the visibility was excellent and the water was calm and clear.

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